TRANSIENT ART - A Genre of Fine Art Photography

I make photographic images by opening heart and mind to their naturally wakeful state—a vivid, raw, intimate experience—like licking honey from a razor blade. Choice of subject is guided by what Brad Wise calls the hidden energies within ordinary objects. I have found that extraordinary and ordinary are simply different points of view. .

I have been inspired by a line from Rilke's poem THE WAY IN: Whoever you are, some evening take a step out of your house, which you know so well, enormous space is near........ So, perhaps infinite space is right in the midst of our day-to-day life. At the same time, nothing special....very ordinary. But then, familiarity gives way to shock and awe as we come eye to eye with life's inconceivable spaciousness and vastness. Still we wonder--is this nonsense, clarity, fantasy, or the true nature of reality?

The viewer brings his or her own experience and sentiments to the viewing. Their world view then collides with art and artist, resulting in resonance, annoyance, recognition, excitement, or boredom. Or, as my young friends say, It is what it is and It's all good.

Transient Art refers to the fact that everything changes--you cannot go back to the same stream, person, or object and make the same photograph. Even a moment later the light and subject have changed. My favorite subjects are ice, water, and other liquids. Their ever-changing states--and transitions, for example, of ice freezing and melting--have never lost their grip on my imagination.

A photograph captures a MOMENT--too brief to see. Within the moment is a FLASH--color, form, or movement--always different, always extraordinary. A photograph FREEZES the moment. Ice, light, and water move, morph, flash, and change. Little pieces of paint take on a life of their own, suddenly exploding, colors streaming everywhere--CLICK--and then, they are gone forever. It is at once so breathtaking, heartbreaking, and compelling that I have missed more than a shot or two -- this is the world and wonder of Transient Art.

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    Animé du zkukkuiz says:

    "cliffbriggie experiments forms with colours for me his work is like DNA ; never be the same..."

    February 27th, 2010

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    *m.a.* says:

    "Count me in as a huge fan of Cliff Briggie's frozen visual delights. What he is able to achieve through his process is nothing short of amazing. I count on him consistently for a colorful cosmic B12 boost."

    December 23rd, 2009

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    DraMan/ Roger Guetta - All iPhone says:

    "Cliff's work in spacial relationships and colour are nothing short of sublime.
    Every series which he offers up is froth with dazzling brilliance.
    The unconventionality of his technique captures fleeting moments
    begging for acute observation.

    His contributions (or to use a more appropriate word) 'oeuvres'
    of ice are deconstructed into kinetic arrangements of shapes
    and colours which never fail to express his passion for the
    mystical qualities of the ordinary in our lives.

    I marvel at his experiments day to day and am grateful to
    commune with the sublime via his extraordinary artistry."

    January 10th, 2009

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    Jim Cim says:

    "Am I the first person to notice that Cliff Briggie is a major talent, and extraordinary artist, or just the first person to take the time to mention it. Open any of his set series of ice macro's, and run the slide show ....... You will be amazed!

    Jim Cim"

    November 28th, 2008

June 2008
I am:
Male and Taken
Psychologist / Photographic Artist